21 Journeys

Cloudscape Presents: The Perpetual Jam 7

All of our comics in a jar... we should sell that on Etsy! Friday April 1 at 5:00 PM all the way until Saturday April 2 at 5:00 PM on Ustream.tv

“A perpetual jam?” you might ask, “Is that some sort of magical preserve? Or perhaps a nightmare where you sit in your car in traffic forever?”

No! It’s our members way of torturing themselves for sweet sweet donations to our 21 Journeys fundraiser!

A totally online event, the Perpetual Jam is a multi-hour comic jam that will be broadcasted live on our Ustream. A comic jam is where one artist draws a panel, passes it to another artist who must continue the story. You will be able to watch Vancouver comic artists sweat it out while trying to come up with crazy ideas to keep the jam going, while you can pledge small coin to throw wrenches in their works, like suggesting that someone has to add the Duke of York eating ice-cream in the next panel.

The length of the event will be determined directly by the viewers. We will double to total amount of pledges needed to continue every two hours, so that if we don’t make the cap we can pack up, go home and slumber in our soft beds instead of being forced to draw by anonymous cackling dictators on the internet.

And, just when you thought this event couldn’t get any better, we will also be chatting with artists about their comicking methods and demanding that they reveal their secrets. From medium to technique to their thoughts on the business and publishing of comics, these segments through out the 24 hours are a great way to learn a variety of different things about making comics in one delicious package.

The cherry on top? I will be your illustrious host. So I will be talking to a camera for 24 HOURS STRAIGHT. If things don’t get hilarious, I’ll eat my left arm.

How to watch and participate:

Head on over to our ustream channel at 5:00 PM PST on April 1. If you want to chat, you will need to have a ustream account or sign in with facebook/twitter.

If you want to demand a particular subject for the Comic Jam, pledge a minimum of $1 on our IndieGoGo fundraiser with a note about what you want and who you want to draw it (if anyone).

We will be taking live commissions. If you would like a commission done by one of the artists present, pledge a minimum of $5 on our IndieGoGo fundraiser with a description of what you want and who you want to draw it. It will be done, on camera, and then mailed to you after the event.

The person who donates the most money throughout the event will receive the Jam, in it’s entirety. You can have it as a memento of what happens when you chug 4 redbull while yielding a brush pen. Classic.

In the coming days I will post about our confirmed artists and guests. If you would like to make a pledge early for the perpetual jam, please head over to IndieGoGo. Be sure say somewhere in your pledge that it’s for the Perpetual Jam!


New Paintings on the Cloudscape Etsy Store

It’s been a really exciting month, and now we’re in the last stretch of our 21 Journeys Fundraiser. We’re about 2k away from our goal, with the combined contributions from members and preorders from IndieGoGo, so if you haven’t had a chance to pledge to the cause, now’s the time!

If none of our IndieGoGo perks tickle your fancy, then perhaps one of these fabulous paintings will. They are $40 each, and that includes all shipping to Canada or the United States. The paintings were donated by dedicated Cloudscape members on wooden cradle panels generously provided by Opus Framing and Arts Supplies.

Feel free to click on the images to be brought to their respective shop page for purchase information.


Cloudscape Comics has opened an Etsy Store! 1

As part of our fundraiser for 21 Journeys, Cloudscape has opened an Etsy store stock full of original paintings created by our members. The 8×8 inch wooden canvases were generously donated to us by Opus Framing and Art Supplies, and given to as many Vancouver comic artists who were willing to paint on them.

Come check out the first batch of work by Colin Upton, Ed Appleby and Anise Shaw. Each painting is $40, including Shipping, and all money will go to 21 Journeys. We will continue to post the paintings as we get them!

"POWER" by Anise Shaw

"Self Portrait in Black and Grey" by Colin Upton

"Rodent Adventure 1" by Ed Appleby

"The Cast of 'Volk'" by Colin Upton

We have some exciting submissions coming from other members, including Chloe Chan (Honeydew Syndrome, Two Keys), Wei Li (Lotus Root Children), Sydney More (Gog Mulligan), Jeff Ellis (Teach English in Japan) and many more!


Futures of the Past Video 1

So me, Michael Park, and Ray Hsu walked into a bar… and we decided to make a graphic novel motion video collaboration!

This comic is also available in the next 21 Journeys book, a experiment in storytelling and exploration in visual language, tone, mood, and the idea of a journey.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

21 Journeys is currently available for preorder over on IndieGoGo. This comic, along with 20 other short stories by Cloudscape members are featured in the book!


21 Journeys PreOrders and Fundraiser!

We have launched our online fundraiser for 22 Journeys!

Cloudscape’s annual project is to produce an anthology that will highlight some of the best short story work by members of our group. Our latest anthology is 21 Journeys, although the title is subject to change depending on if we can get all our member’s work in on time 🙂

We are asking for help in printing 21 Journeys because it is a 250 page full-colour book, an ambitious project that has expanded beyond our current capacity. Every contribution of $25 or more is a pre-order, and you will receive a copy of 21 Journeys along with other goodies. Click the link to the left for a list of the minimum donations and their goodies associated with them.

Where will your money go?

We will be able to publish and support more than 22 artists and writers directly contributing to the book. Contributors get copies of the anthology at wholesale, giving them an opportunity to flesh out their inventory and have more books to sell to comic stores, at conventions and on their online stores. Their contribution will also allow them a publishing credit, a crucial necessity to apply for literary grants from the Government of Canada and British Columbia.

We need to raise $7000 that will directly go towards printing 1,000 copies of the book. This is the minimum to print offset, which makes our per unit price competitive and viable for distribution to bookstores and comic shops. If, by some miracle, we reach $8,500, we will be able to print 2,000 copies, doubling our selling power with only $1500 more.

If we do not reach our fundraising goal, the hard work done by each of the contributors over the last 6 months will be sorely wasted. Our organization is lucky to have some very talented and dedicated artist and we want to see them flourish!

Don’t have the money to spare? You can still help!

Spread the word about our campaign! Retweet us, post us to your facebook, pass around our videos.

Check out our Ustream! We just did a huge launch where members at our meeting talked about their work and why they are a part of cloudscape.

Thank you very much for your support!